Patriots HC Bill Belichick mentioned during a radio appearance Monday afternoon that they’re “open for business” ahead of next week’s trade deadline.
“The thing about us, other teams in the league know that we’re open for business,” Belichick said, via WEEI.com. “We’re not afraid to make a trade. If they are interested in trading somebody, we are usually a team that gets called because people think and know we’re open on those discussions. If we’re not interested we will tell them we’re not interested. Again, there’s no book on that. Every situation is different. Every trade is different. Every exchange is different, so you just have to take them as they come and if the two sides can agree, great. Sometimes one side wants something and the other side is just not ready to get to the same point.
“You can go back and forth on those. You can talk two, three weeks at a time and think you are close and then nothing happens. There are other times where just in a matter of 10 minutes there is a conversation and somebody is available and here it is and there’s the trade. Boom, it’s done. It’s unpredictable. Those situations are hard to know how they are going to go. I can’t even tell you how many times I have felt we’re right on the verge of getting a deal executed and it doesn’t happen. There have been just as many times that 12 hours before we weren’t even talking about the player we talked about trading for. Things can change in a hurry.”
While the NFL trade deadline hasn’t produced a lot of action over the years, the Patriots are always one of the team’s to keep a close eye on.
Last year, the Patriots surprisingly dealt LB Jamie Collins to the Browns for a draft pick and have made multiple moves before the deadline the past few years.
New England could use help at receiver and on defense, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see them connected to a few trade options before next Tuesday’s deadline.
We’ll have more regarding potential trades involving the Patriots as the news is available.